Watson wants long career with Texans and O'Brien
Deshaun Watson wants to spend his entire NFL career at the Houston Texans and he would love to do it with Bill O'Brien as his head coach.
O'Brien staunchly denied a report Monday saying he may resign from his position after the season following Houston's 45-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Texans are 4-10 for the season.
"We have a great relationship," Watson told the Houston Chronicle. "Coach OB is to fun to play [for].
"He's very tough on you. He wants you to be successful. I would love to have coach OB back and I'm ready to have him with me for my whole career."
Watson was having great success as the Texans' quarterback prior to tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in week eight.
He was the likely frontrunner for Rookie of the Year after tossing 19 touchdown passes in just six starts and scoring 16 touchdowns in October alone.
For O'Brien, Watson has been the first quarterback he has had who truly looked effective running his system in Houston.
The Texans hoped Brock Osweiler would be the QB for O'Brien in 2016, but he did not work out.
Houston got by with Brian Hoyer for a year and had Tom Savage, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden all start games in the former New England Patriots' offensive co-ordinator's tenure. None of them worked out.
Watson and O'Brien have worked well together, and they want to keep making it work.
"I have great guys and support around me," Watson said. "The future looks bright."
Any talk of O'Brien leaving the Texans is rumours at this point. The Texans' coach took exception to the report stating he would leave the team.
"I'm in there grinding, watching tape," O'Brien said. "I have to come in here and answer the questions, and like I said, I'll never resign as the head football coach of the Houston Texans.
"So, that's basically where that's at, and I don't know where these — I didn't even read the story, I was told about it a little bit. So, I'm not sure where they come from. I think probably the best thing to do would be to ask the person who wrote it. Wouldn't that be the smartest thing to do? To ask the person who wrote it where they get their info."